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About

Restore, rebuild, repair

The term “plastic” stems from the Greek plasticos and the Latin plasticus, words that mean to mold or shape. Fittingly, the discipline of plastic surgery focuses on the techniques used to surgically repair and restore the function and appearance of damaged and abnormal body parts. Our programs address this by focusing on types of reconstructive surgery required by patients with:

  • hand, leg, facial and skull injuries
  • large wounds, including burns
  • skin and breast cancer
  • congenital deformities like cleft lip and abnormal hands

Explore your interests

If you’re an undergraduate student with an interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery, you’ll be given plenty of opportunity to explore the field throughout your medical degree. The program not only integrates plastic surgery into its curriculum, it also offers plastic surgery electives and clerkships.

Reach your goals

When you enroll in a five-year integrated residency training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Dalhousie University, you’re taking the first step towards becoming a well-rounded plastic surgeon.

As a resident, you’ll benefit from an environment that maximizes your development by providing experience in:

  • patient care
  • surgical technique
  • clinical judgment
  • research

By the time you complete your residency, you’ll be ready to pursue a career in an area of plastic surgery that suits your individual interests. And since our training and examination process is overseen by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, you’ll be qualified to practise both reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery.